Is IBM joining OpenStack? It sure looks like it, according to one OpenStack contributor page, which lists IBM having joined as of February 2. There has been no announcement, but given IBM’s open source bent, an OpenStack membership makes sense for the computing giant.
Charlie Oppenheimer may be a fan of Amazon Web Services. But, as he explains here, he’s long felt that the economics of the choice between self-hosted and cloud provider had more texture to it than the patently attractive sounding “10 cents an hour.”
AT&T has thrown its hat in the OpenStack ring, announcing this week that its “developer cloud” will run on the open-source community platform. In this one press release, the telecom giant has already shared more about its cloud infrastructure operation than Amazon Web Services has done in over five years of operation (I’m exaggerating, but not much). If AT&T executes on building out its OpenStack cloud globally, openness and transparency will be a key measure of how it catches Amazon.
While most of you probably enjoyed taking the day off this past Monday, which was a federal holiday, Vice President and Distinguished Engineer for Amazon Web Services, James Hamilton, was penning a blog post about how by the second half of 2012 we will have a low power ARM chip capable of 64-bit processing. That matters because many data centers require 64-bit processing capability, and the standard 32-bit processing found on ARM designs had been viewed as somewhat insufficient. While the debate will rage on about whether ARM has a real chance to disrupt Intel’s dominance of the server market, it’s noteworthy that someone like Hamilton is so interested and focused on the prospects for ARM, pointing out that Applied Micro Devices already has a 64-bit ARM build in development right now. Amazon has massive purchasing power in the server market because of the size of AWS, and there is no doubt that ARM chips will get a thorough shot in its data centers.